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Expressive Arts Florida Institute

Expressive Arts Florida Institute provides comprehensive training in Expressive Arts, and a wide variety of creative life enrichment workshops and classes, both in our Sarasota, Florida studio and online. We are: Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT Tamara Teeter Knapp, MA, NCC, MHC Intern, K-12 Art Teacher, , REACE Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, MA, REACE

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About this course

Professional Development with Laury Rappaport

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: The Felt Sense as a Doorway to Intermodal Expression

Monday June 14, 6-8:30 pm ET

Live Online via Zoom


This workshop will be recorded and the recording will be posted in the forum after the workshop, for viewing only by those who have registered for the workshop. To ensure confidentiality of participants, the recording will be paused when participants are sharing.

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) is a mindfulness and somatic based approach to the expressive arts developed by Dr. Laury Rappaport.  This workshop provides an overview of the history, foundational principles, and main approaches of FOAT®— and teaches how the felt sense is a doorway to all of the expressive arts modalities and intermodal expression. The workshop includes a theoretical overview along with experiential exercises to teach an introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) as an intermodal approach. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to name 3 or more foundational principles of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Participants will be able to describe what the Focusing Attitude is. 
  • Participants will be able to describe  how a felt sense can be symbolized into an arts modality (art, movement, writing, sound).

Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, ATR-BC, REAT  is the author of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body’s Wisdom and Creative Intelligence;  and editor/author of Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies: Theory and Practice; and has published numerous book chapters. She has been on the faculty of the Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA for 40 years, where she was the Academic Coordinator of their International Expressive Arts Therapies programs. Laury has also served as Associate Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, and been on faculties at other universities.  Laury pioneered the development of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) that can be applied to clinical, educational, community, organizational and other settings. She is the founder/ director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute which provides training programs in the United States and throughout the world, including the University of Hong Kong, University of Guatemala, and Japan. Laury is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and a Certifying Coordinator and Trainer with The International Focusing Institute. Laury has extensive clinical experience in wide variety of settings and  currently has a private practice in Santa Rosa, CA.

Our Online Professional Development Series is designed for Expressive Arts students and practitioners (therapists, educators, facilitators, coaches, consultants). Through a live online format, we bring you renowned professionals in the field, from around the world, to enhance your training and expertise. Each presentation will be a combination of didactic and experiential learning. We are a Florida CEU provider for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. You will receive a Certificate of Completion to submit to your own CE Board or certifying organization.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Live Online Events and WorkshopsRefunds must be requested in writing (email) no later than 5 days prior to the workshop date. If supplies were sent to you, you will be refunded the workshop cost minus the supply fee. After the 5 day deadline there will be no refunds unless your space is filled by another participant.  There will be no refunds for "no shows”. In case of a family or medical emergency EAFI will do its best to either refund the workshop fee or credit it towards a later date. EAFI is not responsible for participant’s technology, internet, internet platform or computer issues. Participants are responsible for the necessary internet connections/platforms needed to participate in online workshops or events.